Wits and Pirates fire blanks

Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates played to a 0-0 draw on Wednesday evening at the Bidvest stadium in an Absa Premiership match equally important to both sides.  Both teams made several changes to the squads that featured in their previous encounters, saving their trusted soldiers for their respective Nedbank Cup semi-final games this coming weekend.

Kermit Erasmus and Lennox Bacela gave the Wits defense a headache early in the match, putting themselves at shooting range but failed to bother the keeper.  It was the same story with different characters as Sthembiso Ngcobo was shooting without any luck to find the back of the net at the other end.

Calvin Kadi came close in the dying minutes of the first half in what was the highlight of the first half as both teams headed to the break deadlocked at 0-0.  The second stanza started with a fist fight between the players after Thandani Ntshumayelo made a cruel tackle on Pholoso Moreane which he was lucky to only receive a yellow card for.  Substitute Sifiso Myeni almost put his side in front in the 61st minute but sent his header way off target putting Daine Klate’s great run and cross to waste.

Rooi Mahamutsa was quick to close in on Jabulani Shongwe before he could unleash a shot in the 72nd minute keeping his side in the game.  The Mamelodi Sundowns loanee had a chance to give his side maximum points in stoppage time but his shot found the side netting before sending his half volley over the bar when scoring seemed easier.

Vladimir Vermezovic’s troops continued to fire blanks as Clive Baker and his men are guaranteed third place.